God’s Presence Is All Encompassing

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Sing (your) morning praise to God. He loves to hear our voice. God is our defense against all ills, daily annoyances, and monumental concerns. He surrounds us with His love and mercy throughout the day and the night, our daily cycle of life.

“God dwells in us, and we dwell in his presence!
All encompassing love.” ~LAB

Doing Good Is Not an Option

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Most of us were taught to do good because it was the right thing to do. It was generally coupled with being polite and kind, normal character traits. But, whose standard’ are we coupled to, mans’ or God’s?

We tell our children to get along with others, be kind, be polite and helpful, all great traits, but as Christians, we are responsible for doing so much more. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth as a human to show how we should act towards one another. He loves us so much, He sacrificed His Son for us and left the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. He knew that he had to show in human form how He expects us to act towards one another.

God commands us to do good when we have the opportunity. When do we have the opportunity? We live in opportunity, it is not linked to our emotions, it is part of our DNA. Doing good is mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Jesus displayed being good throughout His life. He helped the poor, wounded, hungry, and displaced.

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Being good is not determined by how we feel or how we are treated. It is God’s command. The caveat is – when we have the opportunity. Opportunity is always present. When we are being mistreated, we still have the opportunity to do good. Jesus was mistreated but treated everyone fairly, He did good to all around Him. Let’s look at this scenario, we woke up this morning, and many of us left home feeling tired. We head to the Underground or subway and if lucky found a seat and sat down. An older person, a homeless person, someone with several bags, or a child and a parent, is standing near. The common reaction is to look away, ignore them and continue to sit in the seat. Would Jesus look away? No, He would do good and give up His seat to provide comfort to another.Helping others2

Scenario 2 -We walk down the street with a scowl/frown on our face. We look or through people, lost in our own stuff. Here again is an opportunity to do good. How? We can smile at passers-by, not with a constant smile frozen on our faces, but intermittently. SmilingWhen people smile at us, it changes our attitude. It does the same for everyone and may be the difference between life and death for some. Think about the term opportunity this way, there was a time when customer service meant a display of a kind demeanor. You would go into a store, and the clerk would say, ‘hello, how can I help you’ with a smile. Your time in the store was pleasant. Today, customer service does not necessarily include these qualities associated with good. Which way would you prefer to be received or acknowledged?

Good is our excellent service to others. The NIV Version reads, “Let us not become weary

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in doing good.” The AMP Version includes not being discouraged if it is not returned. We cannot become disheartened, we cannot let ingratitude affect us. Doing good is not an outward action, it is given birth on the inside.

The full verse also speaks to what we will receive in due time. Again, it is not a carnal
return, but a spiritual one. It has to do with our relationship with the Lord and at the end of our lives hearing, ‘Thank you good and faithful servant.’

Albert Barnes puts it this way: He who becomes a true Christian becomes such for eternity. He has enlisted, never to withdraw. He becomes pledged to do good and to serve God always. No obstacles are to deter, no embarrassments are to drive him from the field. With the vigor of his youth and the wisdom and influence of his riper years; with his remaining powers when enfeebled by age; with the last pulsation of life here, and with his immortal energies in a higher world, he is to do good.

How will you ‘do good’ today? Will you still be pleasant in a toxic work environment? Give up your seat to someone in need? Smile at a stranger? Kiss your loved one on the cheek just because? Tell your children you love them and appreciate them? Put a flower or piece of candy on someone’s desk? Pay the toll for the stranger behind you? Give a homeless person a dollar? Think about what you can do to become a better person by doing good. Think about the characteristics stressed throughout the Bible and especially in Galatians.

Do not let your heart grow cold. This world will have ups and downs. We suffer, and we rejoice depending upon the conditions of the world, nation, city, town, municipality, neighborhood or home. We must not focus on the externals, but on the Word of God. His commandment is to abide in Him and do good.

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com
References/Resources – StudyLight.org/Albert Barnes/Galatians 6:10

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MY HEART GRIEVES!

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For the longest time, the one thing that grieves my heart more than anything when it comes to death, is a soul that goes before repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. It fills me with so much pain, and my heart grieves!

PS: I am not trying to be insensitive…

But we all know that after death, such a person has no second chance. It is literally a wrap! And that is why my heart grieves everytime. Because fact is, hell is not a place to wish for ANYONE!

It is painful, and it hurts! Even when I do not know who the person is. It really hurts me. (And I honestly think this is where my ministry will fall.) But that is besides my point.

We need to get to a point where we realize that life comes to an end. And all these things…they ALL come to…

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When GOD is on “mute” …

I believe we have all experienced times when we question if God hears us. This is a good reminder that He does.

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For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise HIS own people who are prisoners. –
📖 Psalm 69:33 📖

Sometimes GOD’S Voice is quiet. Just as if HE is on “mute!” However hard we try, it just feels as if HE doesn’t hear us. Not wanting to talk to us at all.

There can be different reasons for our experience of GOD’S word-arrest: Sometimes our hearts are not set in on HIS wavelength, other times it’s simply not the right time to answer us and quite often a bigger plan is taking shape: a plan we will only understand much later.

The truth is that GOD is never deaf or late. HE will speak to our hearts in HIS time and in HIS way, give solutions, offer comfort, lead us on track. Like the psalmist says in Psalm 69:13:

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Jesus Is Always The Same

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Jesus never changes, He is always the same. Throughout the day remember Jesus is always the same. Our relationship with Him is not dependent upon our feelings, expectations, or daily responsibilities.

Just thank Him when you see Him at work, which is all the time. Look for His infusion in all that you do, and in everything around you.

Our Lord lives in us, the atmosphere, and the universe.

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He is the great ‘I AM’.

  1. I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Genesis 17:11
  2. I am the God of your father, Abraham,” He said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. Genesis 26:24
  3. I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
  4. And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ Exodus 6:2
  5. “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
  6. I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. Exodus 20:2
  7. I am merciful.” Exodus 22:27
  8. “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6
  9. “If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
  11. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. Isaiah 28:16
  12. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  13. I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8
  14. I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world. No foreign god has ever done this. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. Isaiah 43:11-12
  15. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:13
  16. This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?” Isaiah 44:24
  17. “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.” Isaiah 46:9
  18. “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?” Isaiah 51:12
  19. I am a God who is near,” says the LordI am also a God who is far away. No one can hide where I cannot see him,” says the Lord. “I fill all of heaven and earth,” says the LordJeremiah 23:23-24
  20. “For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen.” Ezekiel 12:25
  21. I am the Lord, and I do not change.” Malachi 3:6
  22. Jesus answered, “I am. And in the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky.” Mark 14:62
  23. Then Jesus said, I am He [the Messiah]—I, the one talking to you.” John 4:26
  24. “I am the bread that gives life.” John 6:48
  25. I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12
  26. Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!” John 8:58
  27. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
  28. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die. John 11:25
  29. Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.” John 14:6
  30. “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done.” John 14:11
  31. The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
  32. “I am the One who lives; I was dead, but look, I am alive forever and ever!” Revelation 1:18
  33. I am coming soon. Continue strong in your faith so no one will take away your crown.” Revelation 3:111
  34. The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.” Revelation 21:5
  35. Jesus, the One who says these things are true, says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

He is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

Re-Blog – http://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/jesus-is-always-the-same
‭‭Images – YouVersion.Bible.com; LAB Photos
Scriptures – 35 Powerful I am Verses
References/Resources – Deb Wolf, Counting My Blessings.com

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Focus On Today, It Is Enough

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When we pray, we should begin the day knowing God meets all of our needs. If we know this to be the truth, then our focus will be on the victory, the successes, and not the circumstances that prevail around us. Our strength is in knowing God will lead us, comfort us, and carry us when we are weak. 

We can stop worrying because He promised to take care of all of our needs. Seek His Kingdom first. 

“But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭6:33-34‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Scriptures – Bible.com

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Heaven on Earth

Desire11Sometimes a song [Heaven On Earth, by Stars Go Dim] can sum up our desire to leave our carnal life behind and submit our lives to God, our Lord, and Savior. There is a day and time when we (all) discover we have been asleep when we awake and long to take our heads out of the sand because we realize we are not living, but existing. There is a longing to return to our home, our Father, and reside in His presence. A time when we recognize we let the light go dark.

I found myself crying out for the Lord, tired of being just another soul caught up in carnal desires disguised as seeking career success. Others carnal desires may take other forms, but all fall far short of the Glory of God by definition. Whenever we put ourselves, our successes first, we are living with our heads in the sand. Whenever we seek celebrity, we are living in the dark.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. Romans 8:5-6 NLT

Sometimes in our lives, our trajectory begins to seem pointless and empty despite our successes. As the lyric states, ‘we are watching time just ticking, days in and days out’. We are not living. It is also during these times when we often fall to our knees and cry out to our Father, save me, set me on fire.

Isn’t it interesting that God, who knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb knew that we would stray before we sought Him? He gave us free-will so that we could experience a carnal life. God’s plan is for us to establish a loving relationship with Him, in order to do so, we have to experience carnality.  How else can we know that this life is empty and purposeless?

God does not want us to run to Him blindly; he wants us to want Him. He wants us to desire Him, to love Him. He wants us to put Him first in our lives and give our lives purpose. He wants us to develop a holy character and conduct. He wants us to live demonstrating His righteousness through our (Christ-like) character. He wants us to conduct ourselves by living a righteous life; to love our neighbor, to share the Good News, to prove God exists through our actions and conduct.

Sometimes God allows Satan to break us down and sometimes we do it ourselves, but the result is always the same. We find our lives are not what we thought they were. We look in the mirror, and our reflection is hollow. The light that may have existed in our early youth no longer radiates throughout our being, we are empty. We feel cold and lifeless. The light goes dim, and we know we are lost.

In the Book of Romans, Paul expresses what it means to be justified and live a righteous life.

Justification is God’s gracious act by which He declares the believing sinner righteous in Jesus Christ because of the work of Christ on the cross. When you believe, Christ’s righteousness is imputed, that is, “put to your account .” Sanctification is God’s work in the believer whereby He imparts His righteousness and develops holy character and conduct. A righteous standing before God leads to a holy life before men. We are not saved by works or by faith plus works; we are saved by faith that works. (Wiersbe)

Pray today for the light of our Lord to reside in you.

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10 NLT

If Christ already lives in you, ask that His presence becomes the dominating force in your life.

Prayer and Worship

 Lord, you sent your Son to walk the earth as a man and experience what it is to be man. You sacrificed Him to atone for our sin nature and be redeemed. I know my sins are hostile to You. And, as you fill the void in my life, they are hostile to me as well. Holy Spirit, I ask that you become the dominating force in my life. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on firm footing (Psalm 143 NLT). I thank you for sacrificing your Son for me. Thank you for making me your temple and allowing me to invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in me. Thank you for putting a fire in me to know your Word and live a holy life. Thank you for changing my character to become like Christ. Thank you for teaching me that you are first in my life, and all other things follow; and that as long as you are first, I am no longer a slave to my carnal needs and desires. Thank you for my freedom from the dark. Thank you for your love, and concern, for my life. Thank you for your grace and mercy.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Video – Heaven On Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhCzzQQNnLA
Re-Blog – https://wp.me/p98Coa-xu
Images – Pexel.com; Google Images; Snapseed
Scriptures – Biblegateway.com
Video – YouTube
References/Resources – Nelson’s Quick Reference, Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary. Warren Wiersbe

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